MUMBAI: Almost a month after Mumbai logged its worst single-day tally of 11,206 Covid-19 cases, the graph dipped sharply on Monday, with 2,624 cases detected in a 24-hour period. While the 23,542 tests done to detect these cases were lower than the city’s daily average of 44,000 (in April), officials said the worst appears to be over as far as the second wave is concerned.
However, the daily toll remains high with 78 deaths recorded on Monday, showing a daily case fatality rate (CFR) of 2.9%, almost twice the daily CFR reported last week. Officials have maintained that the daily toll will plateau this week and start dropping thereafter. The city’s tally so far is 6.58 lakh cases and 13,372 deaths.
Similarly, Maharashtra had a 15% dip in daily detection and fatalities on Monday, the second consecutive day of a decline in cases. The state had 48,621 cases and 567 deaths, taking total cases to 47.7 lakh while the toll touched 70,851.
Officials said daily detections were down owing to fewer tests over the weekend and fatalities had dipped due to delay in updating data. The state conducted 2.1 lakh tests in the last 24 hours, a dip from the 2.5-2.7 lakh tests it conducts during the weekdays.
“Mumbai’s daily positivity rate is low (11.3%) though we did fewer tests over the weekend,” said additional municipal commissioner Suresh Kakani. In contrast, positivity rate on April 4 was 30%, meaning every third person tested was positive.
BMC commissioner I S Chahal, in a statement on Monday, said “our aggressive testing policy has resulted in reduction of positivity rate.” However, he noted that there has been a reduction in demand for tests in the last few days. Since the World Health Organisation recommends that positivity rate should be below 5% before policies to unlock a city/country are taken, BMC may have to increase the daily number of tests.
In a positive sign, the Union health ministry said Delhi, Gujarat Maharashtra, are showing early signs of plateauing or decrease in daily cases of Covid-19. However, the ministry cautioned that these are very early signs.
It said 12 districts in Maharashtra have reported a decline in the last 15 days—Mumbai, Aurangabad, Bhandara, Dhule, Gondia, Latur, Jalgaon, Nanded, Nandurbar, Thane among them. Officials said this is a sign that lockdown like restrictions have worked.
Cases in Mumbai Metropolitan Region have also dropped to 6,680 from the average 10,000. However, the region reported 195 deaths. Kalyan-Dombivli had 498 new patients in the last 24 hours, but deaths were at nine. Dr Pratibha Panpatil, health officer of Kalyan-Dombivli Municipal Corporation, said, “Situation in the twin cities is under some control as now we have oxygen and ICU beds in many hospitals while there is still shortage of ventilator beds as many old patients are still undergoing treatment.”



Source link Times of India

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